National Hollerin' Contest

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Hollerin' Contest, National

Third Saturday in June
Many years ago, the residents of Spivey's Corner, North Carolina, communicated with each other by calling out their greetings, warnings, and cries of distress. They also hollered for their cows, pigs, and dogs to come in. After modern technology supplanted this primitive mode of communication, a local citizen named Ermon Godwin, Jr., decided in 1969 to revive the custom of hollering by holding a day-long competition on the third Saturday in June each year. In addition to the hollering contests for people of both sexes and all ages, the event includes a pole climb, conch shell-blowing and fox horn-blowing contests, and a watermelon carry. Winners of the competition have demonstrated their skills on nationwide television. Some of the hollerin' can be heard on the contest's web site.
Spivey's Corner Volunteer Fire Department
P.O. Box 1242
Dunn, NC 28335
GdUSFest-1985, p. 133
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* The 20th annual National Hollerin' Contest (17) in Dunn, North Carolina, "revives the almost lost art of hollerin', which was a means of communication in days gone by." You can also brush up on your callin', whistlin', and conch-shell bIowin'.

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